Colorado “Toddler Tour de France” Welcoming Hundreds of Cute 2- to 6-Year-Olds

Tiny riders from around the world to compete in Boulder

 

SCWC - 2018 Boulder

A scene from the 2-and-under starting gate at the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship in Salt Lake City, UT

 

Rapid City, S.D. (June 26, 2018) — Hundreds of enthusiastic toddlers from around the globe – some still in diapers, will ride in family-friendly bike races and play experiences at the Strider Cup World Championship, July 20-21, at Central Park & Civic Area in Boulder, Colorado. For parents and spectators alike, the event will provide one-of-a-kind opportunities to take captivating photos and videos.

"Our two sons Aidan (7) and Axel (4) transitioned to pedal bikes with no training wheels due to starting on Strider Bikes,” said Adele Sakich of Arvada, Colorado. “It's amazing to see the progression from tiptoeing along on the bike, to zooming down a hill with their feet up. Riding Strider Bikes has been a great confidence booster. Our favorite part of the Strider experience is the Strider Cup races. We love the energy at all the events!”

 

Aidan and Axel - SCWC 2018 Boulder

Aidan and Axel, Strider Cup phenoms

 

The Strider Cup series, held across the United States and around the globe, is powered by the groundbreaking design of Strider Bikes, which empowers toddlers and young children to safely enjoy the mobility and independence of two-wheel biking at an earlier age than any prior generation.

“It is a sight to see toddlers from all over the world leaning into turns with huge grins on their faces, exhibiting excellent balance and control,” said Strider Founder and Chief Enthusiast Ryan McFarland. “Parents who are on the hunt for ways to get their kids to put down their tablets and screens, and enjoy the outdoors, need look no further.”

Each year Strider holds one worldwide racing spectacular, the Strider Cup World Championship. This event draws families from across the world, including Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, Thailand, China, Ecuador, and more. The youngest rider, 21-month-old Eddie Meyer is making the trip with his family from Overland Park, Kansas, for his racing debut.

A typical race scene involves toddlers, some only 18 months of age, kicking their legs to propel the bikes along a 650-foot plus journey over ramps, obstacles and through tunnels. Racers delight in the podium ceremony afterward, where the fastest tykes earn trophies and all racers take home medals. The previous two years saw riders from Japan sweeping all of the world titles.

 2017 SCWC - Japan on Podium

Little racers from Japan have proved dominant in prior year Strider Cup World Championship events. 

 

The Strider Cup World Championship runs from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. July 21 and will include race classes for registered riders 6 years old and younger, as well as a free learn-to-pedal area with demo bikes and helmets for all children.

During packet pickup July 20, Strider will present Imagine Colorado with 10 Strider 14x Sport Bikes, designed for children 3 – 7 years old.

For racers, registration is $27 per class and includes a jersey, number plate, and other goodies valued at more than $50. More information, registration and the full schedule are available at www.StriderBikes.com/Boulder.

 


 

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider creates and inspires the next generation of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.

Founded in 2007, in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold more than 1.9 million bikes and is distributed in more than 75 countries. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Tiny Strider Riders To Compete On Specially-Designed Tracks Across America 

Rapid City, SD (March 3, 2014) — Strider Sports International, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, has created a new national racing series known as  the STRIDER Championship Series. This groundbreaking program will give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test at four stops across the country this summer, plus the final worldwide event this fall.

 

The unique Strider Championship Series will cater directly to children between two and five years old who want to experience the thrill of racing. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes are developed for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.

 

Find STRIDER Championship Series races in the following cities this summer:

 

·         Saturday, May 10: Vacaville, California at Andrews Park - Media Highlights from the race HEREResults and photos HERE.

·         Saturday, June 21: Rapid City, SD, at Main Street Square - Register HERE

·         Saturday, July 12: St. Cloud, MN, at Lake George, Presented by Scheels - Register HERE

·         Sunday, August 24: Denver, CO, as part of the festivities surrounding the final stage of the USA Pro Challenge professional cycling race - Register HERE

 

There will be heats for 2 and under, 3, 4, and 5-year-olds at each of the races. Registration fees are $25 online or $35 on site. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Pre-registration is open now and can be found at www.StriderBikes.com.

 

A typical Strider race scene has young parents and grandparents holding their breath as the bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, lean forward, grasp their mini grips, kick their short legs, and embark upon their 400-foot plus journey over obstacles from dirt mounds to wooden ramps. All young racers are treated to an Olympic-style podium award ceremony immediately following their race, where trophies taller than some of the riders are given to top finishers. All participants receive medals and pose for the crowd of proud parents and spectators.

 

Participating in any of these events will automatically qualify the rider for the Strider World Championship. The series-ending race will be held in Rapid City, South Dakota — world headquarters for Strider Sports International, Inc. The big event goes down this year on September 19, 20 and 21.  Please visit our website at STRIDER World Championship for more information.

 

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded by Ryan McFarland in January 2007, Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, lightweight and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in young new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bike is now distributed worldwide in over 70 countries. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com.

 

About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes

We Create Riders! STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The simple, no-pedal design allows toddlers to learn to ride on two wheels, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles, and instilling considerable confidence and stellar bike handling skills sure to last a lifetime.  Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. Available at www.StriderBikes.com

 

About Scheels

SCHEELS is a 24-store operation with stores in 10 states including North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Nevada, Illinois; as well as a new store in Sandy, Utah.  Play, shop, and explore over 85 amazing specialty shops with the area's largest selection of sports, fashion, and footwear! www.Scheels.com

About USA Pro Challenge

Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 18-24, 2014. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. One of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge is back for 2014. Featuring a challenging course, the fourth annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery.

More information can be found online at www.USAProChallenge.com and on Twitter at @USAProChallenge.

 

Published in Strider Racing

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The STRIDER racing action was hot in downtown Denver (so were the soaring temperatures) at the final day of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The location was fantastic, the STRIDER racers were excited, and the spectators were loud!

Thanks to everyone for coming out and making 2013 another successful and fun year. A HUGE thanks to the Axel Project for running the STRIDER Adventure Zone at all the finish festivals along the 2013 route. Special thanks to Spindaroos for giving the 1st place winners from each age division a very cool Race Leader Jersey!

 

2 Year Olds and Under
1st - #204 - Myles H
2nd - #205 - Bryce H
3rd - #203 - Josh M
4th - #206 - Finian H
5th - #212 - Marcus A
6th - #209 - Charlie B
7th - #211 - Macie R
      - #201 - Finn W
      - #202 - Aiden M
      - #207 - Julian M
      - #208 - Logan A
      - #210 - Finn D
 
3 Year Olds
1st  - #301 - Nicolas J
2nd - #307 - Josephine N
3rd - #310 - Tobin P
4th - #308 - Quincy S
5th - #303 - Brayden B
6th - #302 - Lucas M
7th - #305 - Parker L
8th - #311 - Marcus A
9th - #304 - Jack L
10th- #309 - Siri K
11th- #306 - Cooper G
 
4 Year Olds
1st - #401 - Talia H
2nd - #406 - Jesse J
3rd - #408 - Finley M
4th - #410 - Finn R
5th - #407 - Fiona M
      - #402 - Norah W
      - #403 - Maya M
      - #404 - Amos D
      - #405 - Marin A
      - #409 - Tyler C
      - #411 - Dawson M
 
5 Year Olds
1st - #503 - Lukas Miller
2nd - #501 - Sophia N
3rd - #511 - Talia H
4th - #502 - Liam R
5th - #507 - Connor J
      - #504 - Kai B
      - #505 - Kellen S
      - #506 - Piper R
      - #508 - Summer J
      - #509 - Cadel S
      - #510 - Lee R
      - #512 - Beck B
 
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Published in Strider Racing
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 21:26

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Photo Round-Up!

STRIDER Cup Racing Action in Denver!

What a whirlwind tour of awesomeness.  Ted and Dave’s excellent adventure (I’m Ted) was a dive into the unknown, neither of us were avid followers of the pro racing circuit so we didn’t fully know what to expect as we headed out on the road to follow the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge.  As we do at Strider our task was to get kids on 2 wheels and what better place to do it than during the USAPCC, with over a million spectators in total the odds were in our favor.  Little did we know what we had gotten ourselves into : )

We started in Durango for the opening weekend festival which was on the Fort Lewis College campus.  What a beautiful bike friendly town.  Being my first time in Southwestern Colorado I was in awe of its beauty and how many STRIDER riders there were out and about.  Durango is a dedicated STRIDER town as evidenced by the amount of kids that rode in our Adventure Zone on Saturday and Sunday.  From Durango we were always ahead of the tour, tearing down at night and heading to the next day’s town’s finish line festival.  Our typical day was to get up early, eat, get to the festival and set up, run the Adventure Zone till 6pm, load out, head to the next town (which was often 3 hours or so away), grab some food, get settled into the hotel and sleep hard till the alarm, etc. etc. etc.

I’ll save the poetic imagery for the poets but what a beautiful state to have the race.  Honestly all the stops were fantastic and the kids were tons of fun.  While we were pretty tired at the end of the day working with the kids and the bikes make/made the days a true pleasure.  The kids and the parents both bring a sense of enthusiasm and excitement that meshed perfectly with the USAPCC.  The joy and camaraderie of cycling was always evident.  I never tire of seeing the kids with a big smile on their face as they are going down an Adventure Zone ramp or hearing a success story from a parent of how their child learned balance, independence and how to ride a pedal bike from his/her experiences on a STRIDER.

We at HQ know that Colorado is STRIDER country and from Dave and Ted we’d like to thank you for a wonderful reception and memorable experience.

Oh ya - PS  - Congrats Christian!

We'd love to see photos and hear stories from others they met along the way. If you stopped by the 2 day festival in Durango, rode an adventure zone at one of the finish festivals, or raced in the STRIDER Cup in Denver share your photo or story on our Facebook wall or join the conversation over at Strider Life! Below is a list of our photos from all of the stops.

Photo sets from all the USA Pro Cycling Challenge finish festivals:

1. Durango (Start Festival) - Aug 18-19 - Flickr Set

2. Telluride - August 20 - Flickr Set

3. Crested Butte - August 21 - Flickr Set

4. Aspen - August 22 - Flickr Set

5. Beaver Creek - August 23 - Flickr Set

6. Colorado Springs - August 24 - Flickr Set

7. Boulder - August 25 - Flickr Set

8. Denver (Finish Fest and Strider Cup) - August 26 - Flickr Set

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Toddlers Learn To Love Cycling Alongside the Pros at Each of Six Stage Finishes and Finish Festival in Downtown Denver August 18-26

Rapid City, SD (August 6, 2012) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is bringing Strider Racing® to downtown Denver, Colorado on August 26th and Adventure Zones to every stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge August 18-26.

The STRIDER™ Adventure Zone gives kids 18 months to five years old a chance to test ride a STRIDER, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a STRIDER-designed area. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a STRIDER on unique terrains and obstacles.

Find an Adventure Zone at each stage along the race route: Durango, August 18-19; Telluride, August 20; Crested Butte, August 21; Aspen, August 22; Beaver Creek, August 23; Colorado Springs, August 24; Boulder, August 25; and downtown Denver for the finish August 26.

On Sunday, August 26th at 11:00am, the Adventure Zone becomes the STRIDER Cup race course. Fast five-year-olds will kick off the racing at 11:00am, followed by the fearless four-year-olds at Noon. The three and two-year olds will get their chance on the track at 1pm and 2pm, respectively. The top three finishers in each heat will receive a medal. All participants will receive a ribbon and customized number plate. No registration fee required.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is expected to be the largest spectator event in Colorado history and one of the largest sporting events to ever take place in the United States. For seven consecutive days, 135 of the world’s top athletes will race 683 miles through the majestic Rockies — reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure — more than two miles in elevation.

Strider Sports International CEO Ryan McFarland says, “The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is a natural fit to help promote Strider Cup Racing and the Strider Adventure Zone program. Showcasing Strider Racing next to the fastest road cyclists in the world is truly an honor for us. We know the passion and determination on display from every pro rider in the race will rub off on our young racers, showing them how much you can do on two wheels!”

For more information, visit www.StriderRacing.com or www.ProCyclingChallenge.com.

About Strider Racing ®
The Strider Cup™ racing events are play experiences designed to let toddlers and young kids age 18 months to five years old explore the world on two wheels. Whether it is test riding a STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bike for the first time or racing STRIDERS on a dirt track with other toddlers, these events have something for every family interested in giving their child a head start. Balance, coordination, and confidence all develop naturally when children experience group play and friendly competition on STRIDER Bikes. For more information, visit http://www.StriderLife.com.

About USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Breathtaking altitudes, treacherous climbs and 135 of the world’s best riders. It was the most challenging race ever held on American soil. The inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge was the most demanding bike race ever held on American soil, with racers experiencing breathless altitudes, day after day. The race will again be one of the biggest and best races in the world with an anticipated one million spectators on site and 25 million viewers through broadcast partners, NBC and Versus. For more information, visit http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com.


About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage Toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded in Rapid City, South Dakota in January 2007, Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. At Strider, we love riding bikes, and we love inspiring kids to ride. Our mission is to build lightweight, efficient, all-terrain bikes that develop two-wheeled balance, coordination, and confidence in children. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, weight and ease-of-use combine to eliminate any fear of riding; instilling confidence in young new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bike is now distributed in over 35 countries. To learn more and to find STRIDER Bikes in your area, visit http://www.StriderBikes.com.

Published in Adventure Striding

About a month and a half ago we received a call from Kirk in Colorado. He had been driving home from a visit with his grand kids in Denver when he spotted a bright green spot in the snowy ditch on the side of the road. Wanting to help keep the road clean for others Kirk stopped to put the green thing in the back of his pick-up. When he saw that it was a STRIDER Kirk gave us a call to see if anybody had contacted us about losing one or if the parents may have registered the bike with us. He left his phone number and we never thought it would go further...

*Dramatization...This may or may not be anything like what Kirk actually saw

A week later we received the below email at our general information address from Jennifer:

"I LOVE the strider bike! We bought one for my daughter before she turned two....on the lowest seat setting, she could barely touch the ground. We'd make her ride it...and sometimes she'd only do it for a minute or two. But she mastered it in no time and we bought her a 12" bike with pedals as soon as her feet could touch the ground. It's a very heavy bike, actually and she learned to ride it after just a few sessions at age 3 1/2. She can balance on it almost standing still. We never used training wheels and she is the youngest person we know who rides a bike without them. The strider bike is also very light weight...easy to carry when you're on a walk and they don't want to ride anymore. Toddlers are fussy like that. Now my 16 mo. old son is already on his (well, was, it fell off the car on the way to CA from CO. BUMMER!) I love that bike so much I cried (bothered me more than the kids!) Anyway, thank you so much for the cool creation. My kids love it and they really CAN do it!"  -Jennifer

What are the chances?

We gave Kirk a call back to let him know that we had found the STRIDER owners over 1,000 miles away! In the mean time Kirk's grandchildren had been enjoying the Green STRIDER. We couldn't bring ourselves to take away a bike from kids who were using it so we told them to keep it and to make sure to come out to the STRIDER Adventure Zone and STRIDER Cup races in Denver at this year's USA Pro Cycling Challenge finish festival!

Jennifer's daughter, has moved on to her pedal bike in their final destination of Arizona:

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Jennifer's Son, is riding in style on the brand spanking new Red ST-3 STRIDER we sent him...we couldn't stand to see a STRIDER deprived little brother!

Watch Out Big Sis, I'll be pedaling before you know it!

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Published in Parents Are Talking
Monday, 13 February 2012 23:26

Every 3 Minutes

2011 was a big year for STRIDER...here are a few highlights.

1. STRIDER Cup racing sailed across the Pacific (from Japan) and landed on American Soil! Two to five year olds from across the nation competed in varying venues from: BMX Tracks, USA Pro Cycling Challenge finish festival, Laguna Seca MotoGP, Gunnison River Festival, bike rodeos, moto-cross and cyclo-cross races not to mention countless sibling/neighborhood rivalries world-wide. The inaugural Strider Cup season culminated in October during a 3 day World Championship in Sarasota, FL!

2. StriderLife.com kicked off as the central social experience for everything STRIDER related.  Whether you want tips on getting your kids to ride more or want to share photos, video or stories of their Stridering successes, this is the place to do it!

3. Licensed STRIDERS with Yamaha, Honda, Monster Jam and Nitro Circus instilling a love for two wheels at an even younger age in the power sports industry.

4. Sold 171,000 STRIDER Bikes...that's one every three minutes! We're looking forward to getting even more toddlers on two wheels this year. Here's to a great 2012 with the best fans, parents, grandparents, riders & people on the planet!

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We had an AMAZING time in downtown Denver this weekend! Thank you all for braving the crowds and the heat. The feedback has been excellent; from the youngest (13 months!) test rider, to the 2,3, 4 & 5 year old Strider World Cup racers and their families that came out to cheer their Strider racers on!

For now we're starting off with the top three finishers from each age bracket A Main race. We'll be posting additional photos, video and race results later in the week on www.StriderLife.com and would love you to share your photos, video and stories there as well!
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A Main - August 28, 2011 - Strider 2 Year Old
[1] Jett Kellogg #217
[2] Connor Beshore #211
[3] Ben Weiss #214

A Main - August 28, 2011 - Strider 3 Year Old
[1] MacGregor Paddock #331
[2] Lucas Canfield #318
[3] Maceo Mobley #323

A Main - August 28, 2011 - Strider 4 Year Old
[1] JoJo Zolikoff #444
[2] Max Stragand #422
[3] Alex Long #406

A Main - August 28, 2011 - Strider 5 Year Old
[1] Henry Holsing #502
[2] Connor Delk #505
[3] Scott Thompson #504

We would love to have you join in on the conversation here on StriderLife. It's a great way to share your photos, videos and stories fom the racing fun in Denver!

Published in Parents Are Talking
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 15:19

Calling All Colorado Strider Fans!

Strider World Cup Sprints into the USA Pro Cycling Challenge!

Toddlers take to the track at the USAPCC Finish Festival August 28th in Downtown Denver

Rapid City, SD (July 27, 2011) -- Strider Sports International, the world’s premier no-pedal balance bike manufacturer, is bringing their Strider World Cup™ to the final stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Sunday, August 28th in Denver, Colorado.

As part of the USAPCC Finish Line Festival the Strider World Cup event showcases head-to-head Strider races between children ages two to five. Every Strider racer will receive a Team Strider t-shirt, a Strider handlebar bag/number plate, and a souvenir Strider cowbell for Mom or Dad to ring during the race.  Every racer will also earn a medal for participation in the race and the top three finishers in each age group will be awarded trophies during a finish line podium ceremony.  If you’ve not seen a toddler trophy ceremony, you’re in for a treat!  Pre-registration is required.  Race entry fee is $25.  Limited to 200 racers.

The season-long Strider World Cup™ series gives toddlers the chance for friendly competition at events across the country. By participating at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Strider Cup event, riders will be eligible for the Strider World Championship in Sarasota, Florida this October where they can compete with children from Japan and Europe.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is expected to be the largest spectator event in Colorado history and one of the largest sporting events to ever take place in the United States. For seven consecutive days, 128 of the world’s top athletes will race over 500 miles through the majestic Rockies -- reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure -- more than two miles in elevation.

Strider Sports International CEO Ryan McFarland says, “The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is a natural fit to help promote Strider Cup Racing and the Strider Adventure Zone program as we believe it will further fuel that budding passion for riding on two wheels and inspire kids to get outside, get on a bike, and give it try.”

In addition to the Sunday finish line festival, Strider Adventure Zones (free demo ride and play areas) will be available to the public at the finish of each of the six stage races beginning Monday, August 22nd in Colorado Springs, Tuesday in Crested Butte, Wednesday in Aspen, Thursday in Vail, Friday in Steamboat Springs, Saturday in Breckenridge, and Sunday in Denver.

USAPCC STRIDER WORLD CUP SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28TH, Denver, Colorado

SE Corner of Bannock Street and West 14th Avenue

SCHEDULE

9AM Registration Opens. Riders Meetings 30 Minutes prior to Races for EACH Age group. 

RACE TIMES

10am - 2 Year Olds,    11am - 3 Year Olds,    Noon - 4 Year Olds,    1pm - 5 Year Olds

Age groups are determined by YEAR BORN:

Born 2009 (2 Year Old),   Born 2008 (3 Year Old),   Born 2007 (4 Year Old),   Born 2006 (5 Year Old)

Published in Adventure Striding